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"Children of Blood and Bone"
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Jake was in a car accident after drinking at a Homecoming game party, while on his way to finally speak up about his feelings for Samantha even though she doesn’t believe in love. The accident caused him to lose his vocal cords and can no longer speak. He has a decision to make, either let the loss of his ability to speak bring him down and be angry at the world or he has to carry on with life and realize that he is lucky to be alive and live life to the fullest.
Jake is upset that he never got to tell Samantha how he felt, and thinks he will never have a chance with her now that he has a nasty scar and can’t talk. Samantha treats him the same and it seems to have brought their friendship even closer. Sam even starts to teach Jake sign language and they write notes back and forth to each other in his red notebook.
At first Jake accepts his fate and while he is upset on the inside he tries not to show it to his friends and family. It hits him that he will no longer be able to fly or join the Air Force after graduation like he planned, and when he finds out he can not even play sports it starts to set Jake into a spiral of depression and anger that he takes out on his friends and family and even Samantha. Then on Thanksgiving Jake sees Samantha walking home from the grocery store and she tells him that her mom is out of town and will be alone. He invites her home for dinner and they seem to get along fine until that night when Samantha really lays into Jake for being bitter when he has so much to be thankful for. When Jake learns Samantha’s secret everything changes for him. He wants to take care of her and they finally become a couple. One afternoon Samantha unintentionally hurts Jake’s feelings and he doesn’t talk to her and makes a major mistake. Then Samantha’s secret becomes public and everything changes. Jake protects her the best that he can and counts down the time until he can be with her again. When Jake can finally tell Sam how he feels, she reveals her feelings for him as well. It is like that they are meant to heal each other’s pain.
This book really tore at my emotions. At times I had to put the book down because I would become so sad and just want to find a way to take Jake’s pain from him and show him life goes on. It is so easy to take for granted being about to speak or hear or even see. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to be able to speak one minute and then an accident occurred and I couldn’t the next. To never be able to tell my husband or my daughter that I love them again is something I hope I will never have to experience. This book really makes you stop and take a look at your life and makes you learn not to take life, or anything as basic as being able to speak for granted. I have a friend who has been deaf since she was a little girl and while before now I have never stopped to really think about the struggles she has overcome in life and everything she has gone through to overcome it. For her, having to wear hearing aids everyday isn’t a handicap it’s just her way of life and I have never seen her let it affect her in a negative way. In my opinion this is a book that should be read by young and old alike, even though it is a young adult book, all of us can use a lesson on not taking life for granted and to be thankful for what we have and can do, not what he do not have or can not do. I really will take a lesson from this book and make it a part of my life from this day forward.
I expected to like this book. I expected to like it a lot, once I started it. Which makes my disappointment that much more.
This is about Jake, who goes out with friends one night, gets drunk and one of them drives, and they crash. Jake loses his vocal chords from it, and can never speak again. And his biggest regret is that he didn’t tell the girl he liked how he felt.
I don’t even know where to start, honestly.
I guess, first of all, the technicalities of so much… There was just a lack of logic or research. One, with that the medical possibilities were much bigger than even mentioned. He’s given no choice but to be mute for the rest of his life, when he would actually have other options nowadays. It sounded vague to me, but even another reviewer mentioned several other options. Then there were a few things mentioned… like that he couldn’t learn Spanish now that he’s mute, because that’s only a spoken language? Then the mention that, when it’s snowing outside and Sam’s (the girl’s) pipes in her trailer aren’t frozen, just cause. There were a lot of mentions of how small the town he lived in was, and that everyone was really close and caring, and yet I didn’t really believe that when he got hurt, not to mention how no one noticed what was going on with Sam.
Then there’s the entire Sam thing.
Almost this entire book is focused on Jake’s love for Sam. And he’s been in love with her ever since he first saw her, even though he’s barely spoken a word to her the entire time, and I honestly didn’t feel any chemistry between them. I didn’t believe everything he did for her, how he felt, none of it. And I hated that his biggest regret was not telling a girl he’s barely said two words to in like three years, that he never told her that he loved her. His biggest regret should have been something a lot bigger than that.
Plus there’s the fact that most of the plot turns to Sam, instead of what Jake’s going through. Sam is going through something bad, definitely, but the entire focus turned to her. And I didn’t believe the way she let Jake take care of her so easily; usually a person in her situation would be more stubborn, try to take care of herself, and would also find an actual job, I would think, since she only has her own income now?
I also didn’t really believe Jake’s struggle. For a guy who got depressed over his state of living, I didn’t really feel it. He mentioned it every once in a while, but I didn’t actually see or feel any moping.
The writing was pretty tell and not show, though. It would mention a lot of things but I never actually felt them. The characters were all pretty one-dimensional. Jake and Sam, definitely, but there’s also at least a dozen side characters that don’t stand out at all. Jake’s friends, but also his older sister, who supposedly got close to Sam, only I never saw any of that happen.
I would say that this would have helped hugely being from both Jake and Sam’s point of view, but it was still very one-dimensional, and the writing was plain and boring.
I did not enjoy this book, sadly, and I’m glad it’s over. I’m disappointed I spent as much money and time on it as I did.
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
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